Thursday, September 3, 2009

Factor #1: Liquid Consumption (MY DIVA DIET: Five Factors)

MY DIVA DIET is based on some of the root causes of high body fat and poor health, these are called The Five Factors Affecting Body Fat and Health. I will take the next 5 blogs to dig a little deeper into these "Five Factors".

Today's focus will be...
Factor #1: Liquid Consumption
Too many poor liquid choices add unnecessary and empty calories to the American diet, and an inadequate water intake leaves women dehydrated, unhealthy, and unhappy.

In a nutshell here are some areas you can fix when it come to your liquid consumption that will truly shed those unwanted pounds and give you more energy, vitality, and better health.

Factor #1: Liquid Consumption

  • Liquids should be limited to water and teas with no sugar. Try to drink approximately six to ten cups of water throughout the day (or more, depending on your body weight, exercise level, current diet, caffeine and alcohol consumption, and any medications you may be taking).
Coffee and other caffeinated drinks
  • Coffee is fine, but do not drink high-fat, high-sugar coffee drinks. Add some low-fat dairy, soy, or rice milk, and/or a splash of agave nectar or honey in your coffee if you need the flavor.
  • Be leery of so called “energy” drinks. They have far too much caffeine and most of them are full of sugar and other unneeded ingredients.
  • Green, red, and black teas are great tea choices.
  • Herbal teas are good choices too.
Sodas and other drinks
  • Avoid sodas, powdered drinks, juice boxes, fruit drinks, or sports drinks—they are full of sugar.
  • Stay clear of drinks labeled as “diet”. They contain artificial sweeteners and are not a good idea.
Juices (fruit and vegetable): fresh vs. concentrated
  • Juices should be kept to a minimum, and only use fresh-squeezed.
Meal replacement drinks
  • Meal replacement drinks like protein shakes, smoothies, and green drinks can be used as substitutes for any meal.
  • Ensure the quality of products you use or make them yourself.
  • Do not consume alcohol for faster results in Phase One.
  • During the Diva Maintenance Phase you can have alcohol in moderation.

Factor #1: Liquid Consumption
  • Plenty of water—forever!
  • Liquid intake should be the same as in Phase One. An occasional deviation may be okay from time to time—just don’t get into the habit of choosing poor-quality liquids.
  • Alcohol in moderation is okay—create boundaries!
Next blog will cover
Factor #2: Quantity and Distribution of Calories

If you want the complete information about these Five Factors, you can find it in MY DIVA DIET: A Woman's Diet Book.

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